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All Blacks: Muslim Rugby Star 'Blessed to Meet' UFC Champion Khabib

SYDNEY – New Zealand rugby Muslim star, Sonny Bill Williams, said he was blessed to meet UFC superstar and fellow Muslim Khabib Nurmagomedov at an event in Sydney, Australia over the weekend, News Hub reported on January 21. “Alhamdulillah. Blessed to meet and share the stage with the brother Khabib Nurmagomedov, may the most high …

US Airport Renamed After Muslim Legend Muhammad Ali

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky – The Louisville International Airport located in Kentucky, USA, has announced it will change its name to be Muhammad Ali International Airport, to honor the late sports legend, CNN reported. “We are so excited to announce that @FlyLouisville will be changing its name to Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport,” the Muhammad Ali Center …

Documentary Celebrates Muslim Basketballer Fight for Hijab

BOSTON – The Athena Film Festival in New York has announced a new documentary that chronicles the fight of the American Muslim basketballer Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir against FIBA’s ban on hijabs, WGBH reported on January 14. “Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir broke records and barriers on her way to become the first Division I basketball player to play wearing …

7 Great Muslim Athletes in Martial Arts

7 Great Muslim Athletes in Martial Arts

Muhammad Ali, Badr Hari, Mike Tyson and many more are known and idolized all over the world. Let’s get a closer look at the 7 most impactful Muslim Athletes in Martial Arts: 1.    Muhammad Ali The king of boxing and an activist. Ali, born as Cassius Clay in a Christian family, is without a doubt the greatest …

Muslim Player Mendy Puts his Faith in Manchester City

MANCHESTER – While Benjamin Mendy wanted to work with the world-class coach Pep Guardiola, there was an additional religious reason why the Muslim player chose the Abu Dhabi-owned English football club of Manchester City, Arab News reported. “The club’s chairman Khaldoon Al-Mubarak talked to me in addition to the owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al-Nahyan …

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Study Finds Muslim Sportswomen Denied Fair Media Coverage

WAIKATO – A new study from Waikato University in New Zealand has revealed that Muslim sportswomen are “misrepresented in the media as the oppressed “other” that needs “saving from their culture”, Stuff.co.NZ reported on September 7 In her Ph.D research, Nida Ahmad has maintained that mainstream international media coverage focuses on the veiled athlete, and that Muslim …

Mohamed Salah Shortlisted for FIFA Best Player Award

LIVERPOOL – Liverpool Muslim soccer star Muhammad Salah has been shortlisted for the FIFA’s award of the best footballer in 2018, in recognition of his outstanding performances for his team. Salah’s quest to be the best has taken a new remarkable turn with his name appearing alongside world’s top football stars shortlisted for the award …

US Olympian Ibtihaj Reflects on Hajj Journey

MINA – Going to hajj this year, American Muslim Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad said she was impressed to see how Islam united people coming from across the world to show devotion to one god and one faith. “It is something as a Muslim growing up and living in the US that you don’t get the opportunity …

Muslim Footballers Share `Eid Al-Adha Wishes

LONDON – Sharing the holiday’s festivities with their fans, Muslim athletes worldwide have wished their followers on social media ‘`Eid Mubarak’. Arsenal playmaker Mesut Özil used his Twitter account to mark the holy festival. Eid Mubarak to all of you celebrating today. 🙏🏼 #EidAlAdha #M1Ö pic.twitter.com/7JnMlqOwld — Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) August 21, 2018 Manchester United’s …

Paul Pogba: How Islam Influences World Cup Hero On & Off Pitch

CONAKRY – Paul Pogba continuously proves that he’s currently one of the most recognizable footballers on the planet, his latest achievement was bringing the 2nd World Cup title to France. Yet, Pogba’s Islamic faith might be his most defining characteristic. Before the World Cup 2018, he set the all-time transfer fee record in 2016 when …



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